Outrage over stolen protest signs
SOMEONE is trying to sabotage the campaign against a sand mine in the north Bundaberg area, and protester Don Knight is outraged.
Gooburrum resident Mr Knight, who lives near the site of the proposed mine, has been making his feelings known by making signs which he has distributed to supporters of the campaign to display at their homes.
But now someone has started stealing the signs, which read “No Sand Mine Bundy Sugar”.
Mr Knight says he and his fellow protesters have lost 16 signs in the past few weeks.
“I had two in my front yard and one out near Bella Vista Estate, and they have all been taken,” he said.
“I've put several signs on Fairymead Road and two on Moore Park Road and they have all been taken.”
Undeterred, Mr Knight is continuing to make the signs.
“I've put up a new sign in front of my place, but this time I got a ladder and put it up high,” he said.
“I've got several more I will be putting up over the next few days.”
Mr Knight said he and fellow objectors to the proposed mine, which will be operated by Bundaberg Sugar, intended to keep their campaign going.
“We're trying to get our message across to Bundaberg Sugar and the population of Bundaberg,” he said.
“A lot of people think the sand mine won't affect them, but there will be extra traffic movements all over the place.”
While Mr Knight has made many of the signs, he has been heartened to see several on Fairymead Road, which will take much of the sand mine traffic, that are not his work.
“We'd like to get up a lot more signs,” he said.
Mr Knight said people living on Fairymead Road had told him they were now putting the signs on their front verandahs because if they put them on their fences they go missing.
“It's obviously being done at night,” he said.